New planning application submitted! Time to object again!!
Say NO to turbines on the old Kimbolton airfield.
Last year, Broadview Energy’s scheme to build four 125m high turbines on the old Kimbolton airfield between the villages of Kimbolton, Stow Longa, Tilbrook and Catworth was comprehensively rejected following a Government Public Inquiry.
Now, they want to try again!
Broadview’s new scheme proposes THREE turbines of the same height (125m) on the same site. The new scheme has changed only marginally from the old. The benefits will be less and we do not believe that the changes are enough to mitigate the harm of the development.
If you wrote to object before, please do so again.
New planning reference : 1300512FUL
Your previous objection will not count against the new scheme.
If you didn’t get round to writing first time, please take time to write now.
CAN make a difference.
26th March 2013
No-one in favour of wind farm
An exit poll conducted on the revised proposal for the “Bicton” wind farm near Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire has not found anyone in favour of the development.
Broadview Energy wants to erect three turbines up to 125 metres high on the historic Kimbolton Airfield near the villages of Kimbolton, Stow Longa, Catworth and Tilbrook.
In 2012, their planning application for four turbines of the same height, on the same site, was comprehensively rejected at the highest level, following an extensive Government Public Inquiry.
Planning Inspector Paul Jackson concluded “the sensitive character of this valley landscape would be seriously adversely affected, the enjoyment of the attractive valley landscape impaired and the settings of important heritage assets significantly harmed” and went on to say “I conclude that the environmental and economic benefits of the scheme would be significantly outweighed; and the appeal must be dismissed.” [planning permission refused].
Broadview’s revised proposal was shown to residents at a public exhibition in Kimbolton held today.
Stop Bicton Wind Farm (SBWF) conducted an exit poll at the event which revealed
93% of those canvassed were against the scheme, 7% undecided and not a single person in favour.
SBWF Chairman Richard Murphy said:
“This is a sorry case of big business trying to ride roughshod over the local community. Broadview have been told “No” by hundreds of local residents, 5 parish councils, 2 district councils and a highly esteemed government inspector.
The new proposals are only slightly different from the old. Tonight’s exit poll shows that the community’s opposition remains undimmed.”
For more information, call Amy Howard on 01480 860 530 or
07768 891 264
Editors’ Notes: Planning permission was unanimously refused by Hunts District Council for the original scheme of four turbines on the same site in January 2011
SBWF was formed in October 2009 to fight the original application and has a membership of over 250.
HDC have published a draft Supplementary Planning Document
" Landscape Sensitivity to Wind Turbine Development "
for Public Consultation.
All interested parties are urged to read and comment on this document which refers specifically to the Kym Valley and its setting in the Northern Wolds of Huntingdonshire.
The public consultation runs from 16th November 2012 to 4th January
2013 and can be found online at:
If you want advice on viewing a paper copy of this, contact Hunts District Council on 01480 388 388
SBWF – Public
SBWF is very
pleased to announce that the Governent's Planning
Inspector has today, (March 9th 2012), dismissed
Broadview's appeal to overturn Huntingdon District
Council's (HDC) decision to refuse planning permission for
the proposed Bicton Wind Farm.
Founding Chairman of SBWF Richard
Murphy and current Chairman Martin Patterson said:
“We are both delighted by this result. It has
vindicated HDC’s own planning guidance, English
Heritage's objection and has found, as we have always
maintained, that the harm of this development would
outweigh any benefits.
There are many people to thank and this result would not
have been possible without the support of the Parish
& District Councils & MPs Shailesh Vara and
Jonathan Djanogly. But thanks most of all goes local
residents who selflessly gave time, energy and money to
highlight the inappropriate nature of this planned
Developers Broadview have 6 weeks from the date of the
appeal decision to decide whether or not to challenge
the decision in the High Court. A challenge can only be
made on a point of law. If such a challenge is
successful, a new Public Inquiry would be held under a
different Planning Inspector. We believe a challenge is
unlikely but not impossible. We will of course keep you
updated on any developments. The 6 weeks ends on April
In its second week, the Inquiry addressed issues of cultural
heritage and the impact of the proposed development on Kimbolton
Castle, the Castle Gatehouse, St Andrews Church in Kimbolton,
All Saints Church in Tilbrook and local conservation areas. A
number of our lay witnesses appeared, as well as the Parish
Council Chairs for Kimbolton & Stonely, Tilbrook and Stow
Longa, to talk about the impact of the development on homes,
local residents and schools. The issue of noise was also
The Inquiry’s timetable changed a number of times during the
second week with the result that the Inquiry was adjourned on
Friday 26th August rather than continuing to 31st August as
In September, the Inspector will make two site visits– to gain
his personal impressions of the impact on cultural heritage and
The Inquiry will then resume sitting on December 20th when
issues of planning will be addressed. The venue of the December
sitting is yet to be confirmed.
Inevitably, the extension of the Inquiry will escalate our costs
and we are still gratefully accepting donations.
There remains much crucial evidence to be heard and we are still
a long way from a decision. But we are certain that our decision
to employ a barrister and expert witnesses was the right one. In
the formal processes of a Public Inquiry, such experienced
professionals have been invaluable.
SBWF – Appeal Update 23rd August 2011
We would dearly like to be able to update you on a daily basis but with time and resources stretched to the maximum, we hope that this, the first weekly update, will go some way to apprising you of developments.
The Inquiry opened on Tuesday 16th August at Huntingdon District Council’s (HDC’s) Pathfinder House, with various procedural matters clarified or confirmed and some re-timetabling issues addressed.
The most pertinent of these for the local community is that one of the council’s officers is unable to attend any of the Inquiry in August due to unforeseen personal circumstances. This has meant that the part of the Inquiry which is to deal with planning has had to be adjourned until December – the earliest possible month when all parties are able to reconvene. As a result, we will not know the outcome of the Inquiry until sometime in the early months of 2012.
In the meantime, the Inquiry will address all other matters, of landscape, cultural heritage, residential amenity, noise and conditions in the August sitting.
The opening days of the Inquiry dealt with landscape issues, particularly with the landscape as defined in Huntingdon District Council’s (HDC’s) own policy on wind farm development which states that developers should “avoid locating turbines within the more intimate landscape of the valleys and along valley crests where they will be out of scale with the landscape and settlements such as Kimbolton.”
The Action Group team have also queried the accuracy of a number of photo-montages supplied by the developers and as a result at least one of these has had to be corrected and re-submitted to the Inquiry.
It is cheering that a number of our arguments have been acknowledged but it is impossible to gauge how this might affect the eventual outcome of the Inquiry. There is a long way to go.
This week, the Inquiry is dealing with cultural heritage and the impact of the proposed development on Kimbolton Castle, the Castle Gatehouse, St Andrews Church in Kimbolton, All Saints Church in Tilbrook and local conservation areas. The impact of the development on homes, local residents and schools will also be addressed. Eight lay witnesses called by SBWF, a number of them from the local community, will also appear before the Inquiry. We will confirm the date of this part of the Inquiry as soon as we are able.
Do remember, the Public Inquiry is open to all and you do not have to commit yourself to being there for a full day. The Inquiry sits every weekday except Mondays from about 10.00am to 5.00pm with an hour’s break for lunch at about 1.00pm. However, last minute change to the time-table can occur, so you are advised to call the council offices in the morning if you want to confirm that the Inquiry is sitting:
Venue: The Civic Suite, Pathfinder House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN
Tel. 01480 388 388
Report from The Hunts Post on 17 August 2011
TV news coverage
of the start of the Public Inquiry on the 16th August 2011.
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